Portugal, With Ronaldo on the Bench, Takes 2-0 Lead Over Switzerland

Ben Shpigel

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After seething at Cristiano Ronaldo’s petulant reaction to being substituted against South Korea, Portugal’s coach, Fernando Santos, opted to sit him for the team’s knockout-round clash today against Switzerland. Santos hinted at the possibility when asked on Monday about Ronaldo’s status, telling reporters in Qatar that he provides the lineup in the locker room and that he was not about to change.

“Otherwise,” he said, “the matter is over and everyone is available.”

Though it keeps one of the world’s elite scorers on the bench to start, the measure could be as…

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